Trainwreck Riders

I must admit it, the first time I saw the band Trainwreck Riders, I wasn’t too impressed.  They had energy and a fun, bluesy intensity, but i wasn’t into a bluegrassy rock thing that night.  They were headlining a show at 12 Galaxies because they’ld been chosen by the SF Guardian as ‘the people’s’ favorite…

Monsters Are Waiting

The first song on Fascination by Monsters Are Waiting must be the one being pushed for radio play.  It’s a very pop, radio friendly tune fueled by beautiful lead singer Annalee Fery’s soft, comfortably nasaly voice.  It’s that nice pop formula A-B-A-B-10 second guitar riff bridge (because you can’t get away with those Jimmy Page…

Slow Motion Reign

Are you missing that 90’s post-grunge sound?  You know what I mean: sort of a bit of Soundgarden mixed with the melodic tenderness of Ben Folds Five?  Am I scaring you?  Don’t be scared.  I’m talking about the band Slow Motion Reign.  They are not the typical sound I usually cover or review on this…

Michigan

My wife and I just got back form a trip to the roots of classic rock, Detroit, where we saw a free show by The Romantics (that wasn’t the reason we were there). We were in the same hotel with these guys and I got a chance to chat with Wally Palmer, the sometimes singer…

Revenge of the Book Eaters

826 Valencia and Another Planet Entertainment present Revenge of the Book Eaters, a star-studded night featuring some of today’s most recognized names in indie-rock, literature, and comedy, including Dave Eggers, Mark Kozelek, Aimee Mann, Patton Oswalt, Jonathan Richman, Zach Rogue and Sarah Vowell, in an event that promises to once and for all settle the…